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The Golden Age, 1930

“The annual meeting of the Stevenson Society of America was held at the Memorial Cottage, Saturday, Aug. 23, 1930, before the customary large gathering of Stevenson-lovers from far and near. Showers prevented out-door activities, but the verandah and ground floor rooms (in so far as their ...

Book on Adirondack mountain names educational, but not definitive

Saranac Lakers familiar with local history may know that Mt. Baker had a speakeasy at its base during Prohibition. But how many know for whom the gentle peak was named, and its connection to the famed British author Robert Louis Stevenson? Venturing further afield in the orbit of Adirondack ...

Politics, mental health and our nation’s future

The old adage of not discussing politics and religion with strangers is good advice. We are wired as social creatures to protect ourselves and to recognize how hot topics can lead to strife with others. The divisive political climate has taught many of us to avoid talking even with our own ...

Every dog has its day

For 16 years, I led month-long wilderness expeditions in the fall and two-week winter expeditions in January for North Country Community College. People told me I had the best job in the world, and I said, “I do, but you’d hate it.” I reminded them I had to leave my family for those ...

Food for fun — and sports

The World University Games have come to the North Country. Not just Lake Placid — events are being held all over, including Gore Mountain and ice arenas in Canton and Potsdam. Athletes — especially winter sports athletes — need to eat a lot! Unlike the rest of us, who often try to ...

Which is safer, front or back seat?

Most of us have been taught that sitting in the back seat is safer than sitting in the front. That was true in years past, but is no longer true now. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has done some crash testing and the results spotlight lagging protection for rear ...